shawn levy real steel more like rocky

The upcoming film from director Shawn Levy has a giant question mark over it in terms of what it’s really about. The movie is called Real Steel and has Hugh Jackman attached to star. Surprisingly with the title and actor in place, this feature has nothing to do with adamantium, but instead centers on robot boxers. Does that interest you? If not, Levy recently revealed some details about the story that might.

Levy spoke to the folks over at SciFiWire about his robot boxing film, which will be about an ex-fighter who becomes a promoter when human boxing is outlawed for being too violent. The new gladiators are 2000-pound robots with human qualities. The ex-fighter’s access to sub-standard robot parts hampers his hopes for glory in Robot Boxing, until he discovers a discarded robot that always seems to win. The ex-fighter has also discovered he’s the father of a 13-year old son, and they bond as the robot brawls its way toward the top.

This may sound like another one of many over the top action flicks that feature metal on metal violence, but Levy states that this film is more Rocky than Transformers.

“They are most definitely not Transformers, not Terminators, definitely not WALL-Es, either,” Levy said. “Unlike a lot of these others, these are human-built, human-scale fighting machines. They are built for human spectacle. People in this movie have gotten bored with human carnage and human violence. So in the quest for more, more, more, this sport has evolved to this. When I sat down with Steven, I had a very, very specific vision of this movie, one that really puts the emphasis on the story and the sports-movie aspect as much as on the machinery,” Levy said.

Can you picture a world where human beings got tired of bashing each other’s faces in for sport? One could only wish, but it sounds like Levy is actually trying to take this concept to a serious place. Whether or not the vision lives up to his initial idea, will be open to speculation until the film is released. I’m still trying to figure out how he got Jackman to take this whole thing on, but then again he did star in Wolverine so, nevermind.

What do you think of the concept behind Real Steel?